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Train to Pakistan

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Mano Majra is a place, Khushwant Singh tells us at the beginning of this classic novel, where Sikhs and Muslims have lived together in peace for hundreds of years. Then one day, at the end of the summer, the "ghost train" arrives, a silent, incredible funeral train loaded with the bodies of thousands of refuges, bringing the village its first taste of the horrors of the civil war. Train to Pakistan is the story of this isolated village that is plunged into the abyss of religious hate. It is also the story of a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl whose love endures and transcends the ravages of war.

©1956, 2018 Khushwant Singh (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Paul Thottam
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
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The End of India

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"I thought the nation was coming to an end", wrote Khushwant Singh, looking back on the violence of Partition that he was witness to over half a century ago. He believed then that he had seen the worst that India could do to herself. But after the violence in Gujarat in 2002, he had reason to feel that the worst, perhaps, is still to come.  Analysing the communal violence in Gujarat in 2002, the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, the burning of Graham Staines and his children, the targeted killings by terrorists in Punjab and Kashmir, Khushwant Singh forces us to confront the absolute corruption of religion that has made us among the most brutal people on earth. He also points out that fundamentalism has less to do with religion than with politics. And communal politics, he reminds us, is only the most visible of the demons we have nurtured and let loose upon ourselves.  A brave and passionate book, The End of India is a wake-up call for every citizen concerned about his or her own future, if not the nation’s.

©2017 Khushwant Singh (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Rajiv Dadia
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
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The Sikhs

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In this compact but informative book, the author presents a concise history of the followers of one of the world's newest religions, Sikhism. Beginning with the life and times of the founder, the highly revered Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the contents move on to describe the vital contribution made by nine gurus in shaping and developing the Sikh religion. The significance of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, and its centrality to the religion are emphasized. The author discusses epoch-making developments such as the setting up of Singh Sabha and the accompanying social reform, the decisive Akali agitation for control of various Sikh shrines and the impact of the Ghadr rebellion.

©1952, 2003, 2006, 2019 Khushwant Singh (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Songs of the Gurus

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The Sikh religion was founded by Guru Nanak (1469-1539), who drew upon the teachings of Muslim, Sufis, and Hindu Bhaktas. In its purest form Sikhism is about unity, simplicity, equality, and surrender (to God) and the verses of the Sikh Gurus - most of them included in the Granth Sahib - articulate this beautifully. This elegant edition contains a selection of verses from the Guru Granth Sahib and other sacred texts like Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Vairagmayi Bani and the Dasam Granth of Guru Gobind Singh. Brilliantly translated by Khushwant Singh, these moving mystical hymns retain the immediacy and the lyricism of the originals. 

©2008 Khushwant Singh (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Deo Haldar
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
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Tiger Tiger (Hindi Edition)

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‘The Grand Old Man of Indian Writing’, Khushwant Singh was a famous Indian writer and journalist. In a career spanning many decades, he wrote several novels, articles, stories and memoirs. He is known for his colourful characters, his unabashed portrayal of intimate relationships, his controversial choices of subjects and his playful approach towards showcasing human eccentricities in his writings. His best-selling books include A History of the Sikhs, Train to Pakistan, Delhi: A Novel, Ranjit Singh: Maharaja of the Punjab, and an autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice.  The only play written by him in his long career, Tiger Tiger serves as the perfect site for Singh to showcase a vast array of characters whose lives get intertwined due to unavoidable circumstances. Through this, he is able to present a critique of society and its double standards, using this opportunity to explore some of his favourite themes like cultural difference, prejudice, hypocrisy and deception. The plot of the play is fairly simple: away from the rest of the civilisation, in the heart of a protected forest is a hotel where tourists from different countries collect to observe the wild beasts. As the narrative progresses, however, we discover that the real confrontation that is happening here is between cultures, traditions and beliefs.  His comparisons of social and behavioural characteristics of Westerners and Indians are laced with acid wit. In this wild tale filled with humour, passion and intoxication, Singh exposes the fakeness of human existence and the lies that we tell each other, and most importantly, ourselves, to survive. Please note: This audiobook is in Hindi.

©2013 Rajpal & Sons (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Rahul Jaisawat
Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
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The Lost Victory

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The Lost Victory perfectly captures the cultural essence of 1942 and the urgency of this colorful and moving pageant of a nation about to throw off the yoke of foreign rule. Essentially, it is the story of Buta Singh, a shrewd and wily official working with the British, and of Sher Singh, his vain and ambitious son driven to rebellion against the foreign master. It is also the story of the women of the family - Champak, Sher’s beautiful wife, her wild passions bursting the bonds of century-old prohibitions, and Sabhrai, Sher’s mother, whose matriarchal strength sustains the family in its time of crisis. What happens to this family when a brutal and senseless murder sets father against son, wife against husband, is told against the background of an India torn by religious tension and fraternal strife.

©1959, 2016 Khushwant Singh (P)2018 Random House Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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Meri Duniya Mere Dost [My World My Friend]

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Khushwant Singh, a prominent Indian novelist and journalist, was born on 2 February 1915 in Hadali, in British India (now a part of Pakistan), and is famous for books like A History of the Sikhs, Train to Pakistan, Delhi: A Novel, Ranjit Singh: Maharaja of the Punjab and an autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice. Famous for his uncensored depiction of Indian society in his writings, his abiding love for poetry and people, and his wit, Singh’s characters are always familiar, and his narratives are filled with satirical observations.   Meri Duniya Mere Dost is a collection of Hindi translations of Singh’s writings that consists of personal notes, memoirs, articles, philosophical musings and some wit from this beloved author whose career has spanned multiple decades. The work consists of five sections, each dedicated to an aspect of Singh’s life, giving us a glimpse of his world, his memories, his thoughts, and his eccentricities. Starting with responding to some important events, debates and controversies around his life (Meri Duniya), Singh, in these five sections, takes us on a journey that involves him meeting some remarkable people with fascinating stories (‘Ye Kuch Log’), a country that is living both in its past and its present (‘Mera Desh’) and a contemplation on the true meaning of happiness, family, life and death (‘Jeene Ki Raah’), signing off with his trademark humour and a devil-may-care attitude (‘Kuch Hansi Mazaak’). Bringing together various aspects of his scandalous, entertaining and ever-intriguing life, this audiobook is the portrait of a man who has ‘Malice towards One and All’. Please note: This audiobook is in Hindi.

©2013 Khushwant Singh (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Dinesh Verma
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
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